Intermusica Artists' Management

 

 

Intermusica represents Paul McCreesh worldwide

Manager:
Leyla Güneş

Assistant to Artist Manager:
Hannah Rawson

Other Links:

Gabrieli Consort & Players

Gulbekian Orchestra

Paul McCreesh

Conductor

“McCreesh created a tremendous orchestral sound that was sensitive even in the tumultuous tutti passages, and which he made subordinate to the fabulous soloists of the ensemble… twining around them, illuminating them, caressing them, and supporting them – but never strangling them.”
Leipzig Volkszeitung


Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. In 2013 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon) with whom he is conducting a wide range of music from the classical period through to the nineteenth and twentieth century, focusing in particular on symphonic repertoire, oratorio and opera in concert, working closely with the world-renowned Gulbenkian Choir.

McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and has guest conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including most recently the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchester, Bergen Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony orchestras. Highlights of his 2014/15 season include his debut in Japan conducting the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and returns to the Verbier Festival Orchestra and St Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom he enjoys a regular and ongoing collaboration.

McCreesh has established a strong reputation in the opera house and has conducted productions at the Teatro Real Madrid, Royal Danish Opera, Vlaamse Opera and at the Verbier Festival. In 2014/15 he will conduct Hérold’s Le Pré aux Clercs at Opera Comique, Paris, and he will return to Vlaamse Opera for a new production of Le nozze di Figaro.

In 2011 McCreesh launched his own record label, Winged Lion, in collaboration with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Signum Classics and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, where he was Artistic Director between 2006 and 2012. To date they have made six recordings, three of which have received major awards: Britten War Requiem (BBC Music Magazine Award 2014), Mendelssohn Elijah (Diapason d’Or Award 2013), Berlioz’s gargantuan Grande Messe des Morts (BBC Award 2012), two acclaimed choral albums of Renaissance and contemporary music, and a reworking of his earlier Gabrieli disc, A New Venetian Coronation 1595 (Gramophone Award 2013). The Winged Lion recordings build on his large catalogue of recordings with Deutsche Grammophon, which includes the Gramophone Award-winning Haydn Creation.

McCreesh is especially passionate about working with young musicians and broadening access to classical music; he works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible.

Paul McCreesh is represented by Intermusica.
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Recent release:

Britten: War Requiem
Gabrieli Consort & Players

Signum Classics / Winged Lion
September 2013



JS Bach
Epiphany Mass
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Diapason d’or 1999
DG ARCHIV
457 6312
(November 1998)
JS Bach
St Matthew Passion
Gabrieli Players
Deborah York (soprano), Julia Gooding (soprano), Magdalena Kožená (mezzo soprano), Susan Bickley (mezzo soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), James Gilchrist (tenor), Peter Harvey (baritone), Stephan Loges (bass)
DG ARCHIV
474 2002
(March 2003)
JS Bach
Easter Oratorio
Magnificat
Gabrieli Consort & Players
DG ARCHIV
469 5312
(March 2001)
DG Grand Prix
477 6359
(April 2007)

Berlioz
Grande Messe des Morts 1837
Ensemble Wrocław
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Wrocław Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra
Chetham’s School of Music Symphony Brass Ensemble

Robert Murray (tenor)
Gramophone, November 2011: Editor’s Choice
Winged Lion
SIGCD280
(October 2011)
Biber
Missa Salsburgensis
Gabrieli Consort & Players
BBC R3 Building a Library, December 2004: First Choice
DG ARCHIV 457 6112
(July 1998)
Biber
Requiem
Gabrieli Consort & Players
DG ARCHIV
474 7142
(October 2004)
Britten
War Requiem
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Signum Classics / Winged Lion
(September 2013)
Carissimi
Jephthah
Jonah
The Judgement of Solomon
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Meridian
KE77132
(January 1987)
Brilliant Classics
93725
(October 2008)
Gabrieli, A. & C.
A Venetian Coronation 1595
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Gramophone Awards 1990: Best of Category – Early Music
Virgin Classics VC7911102
(February 1990)
Gabrieli, G.         
Music for San Rocco
Gabrieli Consort & Players
DG ARCHIV
449 1802
(August 1996)
Gabrieli, G.; De Rore
A Venetian Christmas
Gabrieli Consort & Players
DG ARCHIV
471 3332
(September 2001)
Gabrieli, G.; Lassus
Venetian Easter Mass
Gabrieli Consort & Players
DG ARCHIV
453 4272
(March 1997)
Gluck
Paride ed Elena
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Magdalena Kožená (Paride), Susan Gritton (Elena), Carolyn Sampson (Amore), Gillian Webster (Pallade)
Gramophone, August 2005: Editor’s Choice
BBC Music Magazine, July 2005: Opera Choice
DG ARCHIV
477 5415
(May 2005)
Handel
Messiah
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Susan Gritton (soprano), Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Bernarda Fink (mezzo soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 1998
Danish Grammy 1998
DG ARCHIV
453 4642
(August 1997)
Handel
Solomon
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Andreas Scholl (counter tenor), Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano), Susan Gritton (soprano), Alison Hagley (soprano), Susan Bickley (mezzo soprano), Paul Agnew (tenor), Peter Harvey (baritone)
DG ARCHIV
459 6882
(January 1999)
Handel
Theodora
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Susan Gritton (soprano), Robin Blaze (counter tenor), Paul Agnew (tenor), Susan Bickley (mezzo soprano)
DG ARCHIV
469 0612
(July 2000)
Handel
Saul
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Andreas Scholl (counter tenor), Neal Davies (bass-baritone), Susan Gritton (soprano), Nancy Argenta (soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor)
BBC R3 Building a Library, October 2004: First Choice
DG ARCHIV
474 5102
(February 2004)
Handel
Tamerlano
Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro Real Madrid
Plácido Domingo (Bajazet), Monica Bacelli (Tamerlano), Ingela Bohlin (Asteria), Sara Mingardo (Andronico), Jennifer Holloway (Irene)
Opus Arte (BD)
7022D
Opus Arte (DVD)
1006D
(March 2009)
Handel
Arias
Gabrieli Players
Rolando Villazón (tenor)
Gramophone, May 2009: Editor’s Choice
DG
477 8056
(March 2009)
Haydn
The Creation
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Sandrine Piau (soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Neal Davies (bass-baritone), Miah Persson (soprano), Peter Harvey (baritone), Ruth Massey (mezzo soprano)
Gramophone Awards 2008: Best of Category – Choral
Classic FM, June 2008: Opera & Vocal Disc of the Month
BBC Music Magazine, May 2008: Disc of the Month
DG ARCHIV
477 7361
(January 2008)
Monteverdi
Vespro della Beata Vergine
Gabrieli Consort & Players
DG ARCHIV
477 6147
(October 2006)
Morales
Mass for the Feast of St Isidore of Seville
Gabrieli Consort & Players
DG ARCHIV
449 1432
(April 1996)
Morales
Requiem
Music for Philip II
Gabrieli Consort
Cannes Classical Awards 1999: Best of Category – Choral: Before 1700
DG ARCHIV
457 5972
(March 1998)
Mozart
Great Mass in C Minor
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Camilla Tilling (soprano), Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano), Timothy Robinson (tenor), Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
Classic FM, February 2006: Disc of the Month
DG ARCHIV
477 5744
(November 2005)
Palestrina
Mass “Hodie Christus natus est”
Gabrieli Consort & Players
DG ARCHIV
437 8332
(October 1993)
Praetorius
Mass
Gabrieli Consort & Players
DG ARCHIV
439 2502
(September 1994)
Praetorius
Christmas Mass
Gabrieli Consort & Players
ECHO Klassik Award 1995
Edison Award 1995
Gran Premio del disco ‘Ritmo’ 1995
Studio Award 1996
DG ARCHIV
439 9312
(September 1994)
Purcell
Harmonia Sacra
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Gramophone, July 1995: Editor’s Choice
DG ARCHIV
445 8292
(April 1995)
Purcell
Ode for St Cecilia’s Day 1692
Gabrieli Consort & Players
DG ARCHIV
471 7282
(October 1995)
Schütz
Christmas Vespers
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Gramophone Awards 1999
DG ARCHIV
463 0462
(August 1999)
Sheppard
Missa Cantate
Gabrieli Consort
Salisbury Cathedral Boy Choristers
DG ARCHIV
457 6582
(September 2000)
Victoria
Requiem
Officium defunctorum 1605
Gabrieli Consort & Players
BBC R3 Building a Library, October 2005: Highly Recommended
DG ARCHIV
447 0952
(October 1995)
Various
Venetian Vespers
(works by Banchieri, Cavalli, Fasolo, Finetti, G.Gabrieli, Grandi, Marini, Monteverdi, Rigatti)
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Gramophone Awards 1993: Early Music
Grammy Awards 1993: Nomination – Best Choral Performance
Gramophone, December 2001: Editor’s Choice
DG ARCHIV
437 5522
(May 1993)
Various
Music for the Duke of Lerma
(works by Cabezón, Gaudí, Gombert, Guerrero, Lobo, Rogier, Romero, Urreda, Victoria)
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Premio CD Compact 2003
DG ARCHIV
471 6942
(May 2002)
Various
The Road to Paradise
(works by Bennett, Britten, Byrd, Harris, Holst, Howells, Parsons, Sheppard, Tallis, Tavener)
Gabrieli Consort
DG
477 6605
(June 2007)
Various
Christmas in Rome
(works by Corelli, Frescobaldi, Josquin des Près, Palestrina, A.Scarlatti, Vivaldi)
Gabrieli Consort & Players
DG DVD
000992809
(November 2007, recorded 1992)
Various
A Spotless Rose
(works by Adès, Bax, Desprez, Górecki, Grieg Howells, MacMillan, Mouton, Palestrina, Tavener, Stravinsky, Swayne)
Gabrieli Consort
DG
477 7635
(February 2009)
Various
A Song of Farewell: Music of Mourning and Consolation
(works by Dove, Elgar, Gibbons, Howells, MacMillan, Morley, Parry, Sheppard, Walton, R.White)
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Winged Lion SIGCD281
000992809
(March 2012)

 


Guest Conducting

Sydney Symphony Orchestra / Sydney Philharmonia Choir / Mendelssohn Elijah
“He shapes Mendelssohn’s score with considerable skill, building his climaxes, ensuring his balance is spot on, revealing a surprisingly rich and nuanced orchestration, laced with imaginative string writing and interesting instrumental combinations.
Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine, May 2014

“[McCreesh] got this mighty machine to work, not just in the roof scouring climaxes but the tiny droplets at the end of a diminuendo.”
Fraser Beath McEwing, J-Wire Australia & NZ, May 2014

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra / Mozart, Elgar
“Mozart's short Adagio and Fugue in C minor provided a piquant launch for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's Thursday concert. It could have been hand-picked to showcase the artistry of conductor Paul McCreesh. An immaculately phrased and nuanced Adagio led to a fugue that had shape, purpose and direction - in lesser hands, it might well have descended into a tangle of chromaticism.

Mozart's G major Violin Concerto was the delight we expected. McCreesh set a level of freshness and bonhomie in the orchestral introduction that never departed. Working with German soloist Benjamin Schmid there was always a sense of camaraderie and adventure. The high point was a briskly paced Adagio, one of Mozart's loveliest slow movements, its languid melodic arches suspended over orchestral billows with dulcet flutes replacing the spirited oboes of the outer movements…

After interval, McCreesh offered some valuable insights on the Elgar Second Symphony we were about to hear… Most of all, he stressed, this was a work of great passion which did not falter once over the next 56 minutes.

The opening movement worked from a great shout of E flat major, through surging violins and whooping brass to an alluring waft of quicksilver harmonies. This was a performance that kept what seemed like a full house spellbound. While I usually freeze at those who lash out with "Bravo" in the dying reverberations of a final chord, I felt sympathy for a lone, vociferous cry of "Amazing, isn't it?" after the first movement. All four movements were equally deserving of such praise.”
New Zealand Herald, May 2014

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra / Ordway Center for the Performing Arts / Schubert, Prokofiev & Beethoven
“the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra -- under the intensely taut direction of English conductor Paul McCreesh -- gave an electrifying performance of Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto, one that skillfully captured the contradictions roiling within the composer during the mid-1930s.”
Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press, February 2014

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester & Gabrieli Choir / Leipzig Gewandhaus / Mendelssohn, Schumann, Schubert
“After the interval the stage was set for a powerful, and powerfully eloquent, Walpurgis Night. The Gewandhausorchester’s representation of blazing flames, the clamour of the poem’s “torches and rattling sticks” and the fervent evocation of light made for a remarkable experience, filled with both spine-chilling savagery and quiet contemplation. The magnificent Gabrieli Consort provided the choruses, and every word of its heartfelt laments and furious howling came across clearly – listening to them is an experience you just never want to come to an end…

And the tumultuous spirit of the music was matched by the enthusiastic applause in the packed hall. Schumann’s Nachtlied (Night Song) for choir and orchestra provided a point of calm to counterbalance the turmoil that had gone before, bringing the concert to a dazzling close. But there had already been a moment of magic from the Gewandhausorchester and McCreesh in the first half of the concert, with Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. The conductor reached deep into the jewellery box in the Allegro moderato, taking the movement at a sublime, unhurried pace to conjure forth delicate, flawless gems. In contrast, he focused more on individual sections in the Andante con moto, shaping them with energetic precision and drawing out beautiful solos from the clarinet, oboe and flute.”
Birgit Hendrich, Leipziger Volkszeitung, September 2013

Gabrieli Consort & Players / Lufthansa Festival / Handel: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
“Needless to say, Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players and the four soloists deserve the highest praise in bringing this work to life with such conviction and style… At the helm, Paul McCreesh controlled the orchestra and the chorus beautifully and his tempi were perfectly judged throughout. Unlike in his performances of Handel's dramatic oratorios that I have heard previously, he took a more leisurely approach and didn't push or drive the music and just let it flow naturally – only injecting energy when the music needed some forward momentum.”
Nahoko Gotoh, One Stop Arts, May 2013

Flemish Opera / Agrippina
“Flemish Opera decided not to hire a specialized and expensive baroque orchestra, but made the adventurous choice of using its own symphony orchestra. Luckily, it had an excellent conductor in British maestro Paul McCreesh, who is internationally renowned for his expertise in the Renaissance and Baroque repertoires and who led the orchestra with precision and panache.”
Stefaan Voet, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, November 2012

Danish National Symphony Orchestra, with Sol Gabetta (cello) / Schubert; Saint-Saëns; Tchaikovsky; Dvořák
"Paul McCreesh was down on the floor – right in front of the musicians, stirring each other almost in the style of chamber music. He leaned forward, jumped up on his toes and down to his knees. With energetic arms, he let the orchestra roar like a fire or fade to nothing in the melodic sequence. […] Rarely has Schubert sounded so lively.”
Christine Christiansen, KPN , March 2012

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with Robert Murray (tenor) / Britten; Elgar; Brahms
“The conductor summoned up a sumptuous sound from the SPCO on the composer's Serenade in E Minor, never more transfixing than on its lush Larghetto.

Carrying over the tone of bucolic splendor that the orchestra explored on Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony a few weeks ago, it made the work seem an untroubled gallop through a sun-splashed meadow, the kind of lilting finale that could send the audience off into blissful dreams.”
Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press, January 2012

Haydn The Seasons / Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris
“Paul McCreesh a enchanté le public à la tête de ses Gabrieli Consort & Players, une formation qui fête ses trente ans en 2012. Le chef insuffle à ses musiciens une énergie qui convient particulièrement bien à ce répertoire.”
Jean-Baptiste de la Taille, ResMusica, January 2012

Haydn The Seasons / The Barbican Centre, London
“McCreesh conducted it quite wonderfully, with an almost innate sense of its ebb and flow, summoning impeccable, incisive playing and some glorious choral singing from his Gabrieli Consort and Players.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, January 2012

Mendelssohn Elijah / Gabrieli Consort and Players / Leipzig Gewandhaus
“The tremendous cry of “Help, Lord!” bounced off the walls, and this first choral entry made it abundantly clear that this performance of Elijah was going to be something special; something significant. Two and a half hours later, it was even more than that: this was one of the most vivid performances of Mendelssohn, or indeed of any piece from the choral repertoire, that had been heard in Leipzig in recent times. Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort and Players, along with their choir of hundreds incorporating the Wrocław Philharmonic Choir, gave a full-on performance of Mendelssohn’s biblical opera-oratorio, delivering the force of the Old Testament with unbridled power. And yet McCreesh balanced out the seething drama by lending his orchestra a classical spring to its step, and allowing it to breathe. And that is exactly what Mendelssohn’s music is: the future, encased in the traditional."
Peter Korfmacher, Leipziger Volkszeitung, September 2011

Mendelssohn Elijah / BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London
“A perfectly rendered performance of Mendelssohn's greatest oratorio.”
Alexandra Coghlan, The New Statesman, September 2011

“… McCreesh had the measure both of the work and of his huge forces. He might have been conducting a madrigal, so extraordinary was his attention to detail; moreover, his interpretation was often revelatory, with the heathen “Baal, we cry to thee” emerging as a confident imprecation rather than a frantic plea. The youthful vigour of McCreesh‘s choirs ensured a warble-free sing, the choristers‘ blend and tonal richness a joy throughout.This Prom was a great event, an exhibition of magnificent musicianship and proof positive that Elijah is back.”
Mark Valencia, ClassicalSource.com, August 2011

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with Carolyn Sampson (soprano) / Schubert; Mahler; Brahms
“[McCreesh] opened Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony with a delicious pianissimo. It felt that, if you breathed, you’d interrupt the performance.

From that he managed to build some incredible crescendi, extracting large swathes of colour from the orchestra who obviously responded highly positively.
Glyn Mon Hughes, Liverpool Daily Post, February 2011

Kammerorchesterbasel, with Sol Gabetta (cello) / Delius; Elgar; Dvořák
“Paul McCreesh and the Kammerorchester Basel were the ideal partners for Sol Gabetta, shaping the orchestral part with just as much sophistication and intensity as she did.

Despite the relatively small size of the orchestra, the strings created a powerful richness of tone, and all the musicians responded to McCreesh's conducting with great flexibility and attention to detail. The maestro, well-known for his collaboration with the Gabrieli Consort and Players, and his mastery of the early music repertoire, proved himself an elegant and refined interpreter of this 'fin de siecle' music. He allowed it to blossom sumptuously, with the radiance of a thousand colours.

After the interval, McCreesh combined his feel for the romantic with the stylistic expertise of the orchestra, well-versed in the performance techniques of the period, for Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70. The performance was expressive in its phrasing and full of drama, with discreet use of vibrato, clarity of form, firm rhythmic command and eloquent development of the motifs and themes. Kammerorchester Basel demonstrated their excellence in this fascinatingly varied score.”
Die Rheinpfalz, April 2010

Recordings

Gabrieli Consort & Players; trebles of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir / Incarnation; (Winged Lion)
“When you’re on a roll, you’re on a roll: this is the sixth Gabrieli Consort issue on its own ‘Winged Lion’ imprint, and easily matches the outstanding quality of its predecessors… The Gabrieli’s rapt and intense performance is remarkable in its poise and tonal control at mainly low dynamic levels… At the heart of everything is the consummate technical ability and sense of idiom displayed by the 28 Gabrieli singers, and McCreesh’s inspirational direction. It’s the type of artistry that completely avoids the impression of artifice: you simply feel you’re listening directly to what the composer meant by the music.”
Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, recording of the month & five stars, December 2013

“Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort (with the trebles of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir) provide my personal ‘best of the season’… Performed with extreme beauty and remarkable intimacy, this is an inspirational disc that gave me real pleasure on first hearing, that only increases on repeated playing. Dove’s The Three Kings is an incandescent piece of music making, and the disc concludes with the complete Britten A Boy was Born, in as atmospheric a performance as you may hope to hear.”
Robert Perry, Royal Opera House Recommended Recordings, November 2013

Gabrieli Consort & Players; Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra / Britten War Requiem, 1962; (Winged Lion)
“McCreesh creates a vast crescendo and pauses for an awestruck moment before an incandescent Hosanna, with heart-stopping results. The Gabrielis and Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir are joined by a host of young voices, and it shows in a choral sound of airy, pure brilliance. His New College choristers have the ideal mix of celestial glow and nimble impatience; his orchestra is wonderfully articulate. And the sound picture has the greatest depth and range of all the recordings [of this work]… the profundity and coherence of McCreesh’s recording sets a new standard for this work.”
Helen Wallace, BBC Music Magazine, five stars, December 2013

“It is impossible for anyone with warm blood not to be deeply moved by this masterwork of Britten’s — especially when performed as well as on this new recording led by British conductor Paul McCreesh… This recording is one of the great keepsakes of this Britten centennial year.”
John Terauds, Musical Toronto, December 2013

“The transparency of the textures and the crisp outlines are a delight. You hear more of the subcutaneous detail of Britten's scoring, I think, than on any previous recording. McCreesh opts for an all-British trio of soloists: Susan Gritton thrillingly hieratic, John Mark Ainsley a tenor very much in the Peter Pears mould, Christopher Maltman making every word matter.”
Andrew Clements, Guardian, September 2013

“Thrilling… sensationally good instrumental playing.”
Richard Morrison, Times, September 2013

“The McCreesh War Requiem…has the presence and intensity of a live cathedral performance: it sets new standards for this strangely moving choral work. The Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir projects the Latin liturgical texts with radiant luminosity, matched by the trebles of the Choir of New College, Oxford, while the three soloists – Susan Gritton, John Mark Ainsley and Christopher Maltman – combine poise and conviction. McCreesh brings astonishing clarity to the work’s musical syntax: the performance culminates in a transformative “Libera me”. Here is a recording worthy of the Britten centenary.”
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, five stars, August 2013

“Another triumphant realization of a complex, multi-layered work…”
Andy Gill, Independent, August 2013

Gabrieli Consort & Players / A New Venetian Coronation, 1595; (Winged Lion)
“Even if you own the classic Virgin disc, this new version is a must-buy.”
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, June 2012

Gabrieli Consort / A Song of Farewell: Music of Mourning & Consolation; (Winged Lion)
“This is a superlative, unmissable issue.”
Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, five stars, Recording of the Month, May 2012

“An excellent disc”
Richard Lawrence, Gramophone, May 2012

“All we can do is applaud.”
James McCarthy, Classic FM Magazine, five stars, Disc of the Month, April 2012

Gabrieli Consort & Players; Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra; Chetham’s School of Music Brass Ensemble / Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts 1837 (with Robert Murray); (Winged Lion)
“a priority purchase”
Andrew Stewart, Classic FM Magazine, five stars, December 2011

“McCreesh’s speeds and intensity are ideally paced: calm yet sweetly shaped and controlled as he propels the score forward.

This is a remarkable release […]

…this is an intelligent and supremely memorable reading… a thing of unexpected delicacy and beauty.”
Mark Valencia, ClassicalSource.com, November 2011

Gramophone, Editor’s Choice, November 2011

The Daily Telegraph, five stars, CD of the Week, October 2011

BBC Music Magazine, five stars, October 2011

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012: Jury Award

Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro Real Madrid / Handel Tamerlano (with Plácido Domingo, Monica Bacelli, Ingela Bohlin, Sara Mingardo, Jennifer Holloway); (Opus Arte)
“A fine production of a very fine opera.”
The Times, February 2009

Gabrieli Consort / A Spotless Rose (works by Adès, Bax, Desprez, Górecki, Grieg, Howells, MacMillan, Mouton, Palestrina, Tavener, Stravinsky, Swayne); (Deutsche Grammophon)
“This is a collection which is genuinely timeless. Hugely impressive.”
Ivan Moody, International Record Review, June 2009

“indeed a glorious CD.”
Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, March 2009

“a CD I have no hesitation in labelling essential.”
Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, January 2009

Gabrieli Consort & Players / Haydn The Creation (with Sandrine Piau, Mark Padmore, Neal Davies, Miah Persson, Peter Harvey, Ruth Massey); (Deutsche Grammophon)

Classic FM Magazine, Opera & Vocal Disc of the Month, June 2008

BBC Music Magazine, Disc of the Month, May 2008

“a performance that really does reinvent one of the greatest works in the choral canon.”
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, March 2008

Gabrieli Consort / The Road to Paradise (works by Bennett, Britten, Byrd, Harris, Holst, Howells, Parsons, Sheppard, Tallis, Tavener); (Deutsche Grammophon)
The Sunday Times, Classical CD of the Week, June 2007

“the recording is impeccable.”
Richard Fairman, Financial Times,July 2007

Gabrieli Consort & Players / Mozart Great Mass in C Minor (with Camilla Tilling, Sarah Connolly, Timothy Robinson, Neal Davies); (Deutsche Grammophon)
“The performance is absolutely first-class in every respect.”
Peter Branscombe, International Record Review, February 2006

Classic FM Magazine, Disc of the Month, February 2006

Gabrieli Consort & Players / Gluck Paride ed Elena (with Magdalena Kožená, Susan Gritton, Carolyn Sampson, Gillian Webster); (Deutsche Grammophon)
Gramophone, Editor’s Choice, August 2005

BBC Music Magazine, Opera Choice, July 2005

Gabrieli Consort & Players / Handel Saul (with Andreas Scholl, Neal Davies, Susan Gritton, Nancy Argenta, Mark Padmore); (Deutsche Grammophon)
The Daily Telegraph, Classical CD of the Week, May 2004

The Sunday Times, Classical CD of the Week, March 2004

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  • Watch a behind-the-scenes film from Paul McCreesh's Britten War Requiem recording, released on his own label, Winged Lion, in September 2013:

    The Gabrieli Consort & Players' Young Singers' Scheme: